Creating a sense of community and social connection in the workplace is crucial for employee well-being and productivity. Beyond the Desk examines how physical office spaces affect social interaction and engagement through qualitative research on the layout, environmental conditions, workplace culture, decor, and furniture in offices. The insights gained contribute to a more thoughtful and intentional approach to workplace design, in contrast to traditional office designs that can discourage interaction with sterile environments.
By exploring the offices of WeWork, Mastercard, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte Digital, this investigation makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion on workplace design and its impact on social interactions, including the generational expectations and values of the workforce.
With these insights, Beyond the Desk encourages designers, architects, and business leaders to prioritize human connection in their office spaces, ultimately leading to a more positive and fulfilling work experience for employees.